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Job Opportunity: STEM Educators Academy Program Manager

ExpandED Schools is a leading afterschool organization that advances educational equity for students from under-served communities across New York City. Founded in 1998 with a catalytic $125M grant from the Open Society Foundations, ExpandED designed the nation’s first city-wide, publicly-funded system for afterschool programming. Today, through advocacy, research, and program development, ExpandED continues to build the capacity of the NYC afterschool field to address the educational inequities that prevent far too many students from reaching their full potential. 

Now more than ever, under-served students need access to innovative, engaging ways of learning to help them deal with the trauma of the pandemic and racial injustice and make up for lost learning time due to the public health crisis. In the face of remote learning and cuts to city and state budgets, ExpandED is designing online programming, organizing and uniting partners across the afterschool field, and leading the fight for urgently-needed public funding to ensure kids from communities most affected by COVID-19 will continue to have access to a robust public education, whether in-person or remotely.

ExpandED Schools is seeking a Program Manager to support STEM Educators Academy, a program designed to support afterschool and school-day educators in collaborative educator teams in offering exciting, enriching design-based learning activities in afterschool.  STEM Educators Academy features three programmatic tiers, matching professional development, on-site coaching, funding, and technical assistance to sites’ needs and interests.  In addition, the program has a cadre of “Graduate Coaches,” program veterans who’ve moved into independent implementation and are now sharing their gifts and talents with sites in Tiers 1-3 via coaching, training, and resources.  The candidate will join the team during a dynamic period of growth and scaling, as we seek to reach additional sites, adjust the program model in a changing world, and position the program for greater scale within the NYC STEM education ecosystem.  This is a time-limited, grant-funded position; beginning at 50% part-time through June 30, this position will grow to 100% time from July 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021.  

While we will continue fundraising for this position, at this time we can only guarantee a position through December 31, 2021.  The role is ideal for a passionate, detail-oriented person with roots in education and/or youth development in New York City, who is excited about joining a team at a moment of transition and growth.

Responsibilities:

Provide holistic coaching, support, and technical assistance to a portfolio of 5-10 STEM Educators Academy sites:

  • Develop and maintain relationships with program sites, program partners, and participating educators
  • Coordinate and conduct support and coaching visits to schools to provide instructional coaching, on-site support and to observe program quality; meet with school teams to support program implementation. Provide technical assistance on the SEA model and core strategies. 
    • As the public health situation evolves and we begin program planning for SY21-22, support our transition from virtual TA to in-person TA post-COVID – if applicable
  • Manage coaching-related communications and logistics (scheduling, reminder communications, follow-up communications, etc.)
  • Help community partners and schools establish STEM programs; establish routines, protocols and reporting mechanisms to ensure successful implementation of program
  • Create and/or edit program support materials as needed to support program implementation (which may include lesson plans, site visit report forms, program support one-pagers)
  • Complete evaluation reports, using the Dimensions of Success Observation Tool for the official evaluation of the program, as needed.
  • Document and disseminate best practices in the informal STEM field, including professional development strategies
  • Serve as a thought partner for areas of on-going programmatic growth, using learning and insights from in-field coaching to inform evolving program strategy.  Key area of focus would be curricular revision for anti-racist lens and identity-affirming content.
  • Participate in reporting for and technical assistance opportunities from initiative funders.

Qualifications:

  • Commitment to educational equity.
  • Experience related to formal or informal education, especially in STEM fields.  Existing connection to the STEM Educators Academy program preferred.
  • Experience working in NYC public schools or afterschool strongly preferred.
  • Experience building and supporting partnerships between schools, community organizations and cultural institutions, particularly in a coaching capacity.
  • Experience with coaching, technical assistance, and/or site support.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to clearly communicate complex programs to program partners.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills with a proven ability to execute tasks efficiently and with strong attention to detail.
  • Flexibility, adaptability and comfort with complexity and change.
  • Creative thinking coupled with a sense of humor, strong interpersonal skills, and the desire to work collaboratively.
  • •Computer skills in Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

Our office is currently fully remote. When New York City is fully reopened, the position will require regular use of public transportation and visits to school buildings that may require climbing stairs. This position may also include some domestic travel approximately twice a year once it is safe to do so.

Salary: Minimum starting salary is $32,500 for half-time position, growing to $65,000+ when the role transitions to full-time.

Benefits:

ExpandED Schools offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package.  Our benefits package includes:

  • A generous paid time off package which includes 24 vacation days, 8 sick days, and 12 paid holidays (prorated for part-time staff)
  • 403b retirement plan with eligibility for employer contribution of 5% of annual compensation after one year of employment (no match requirement)
  • Commitment to work-life balance
  • After transition to full-time status, this employee will also be eligible for:
    • Medical, dental and vision plans for employees and dependents, largely subsidized by ExpandED Schools
    • Health, dependent care and transit pre-tax accounts
    • Employer-paid life insurance and supplemental disability coverage
    • Partial tuition reimbursement offered to employees after six months of service
    • Professional development opportunities, including funds to participate in external training and coaching opportunities 

ExpandED Schools believes in the importance of being a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization that enables our students and staff to thrive. We are committed to building a talented team that reflects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. At the same time, we work to ensure an inclusive community through creating a space for important dialogue about issues of race and identity for our staff and students.  

As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

Interested candidates should send both a resume and writing sample in lieu of a cover letter to: employment@expandedschools.org, Subject: STEM Educators Academy Program Manager.  

Writing Sample Instructions: Please write an email to a Program Site Director, Ms. Diaz and her supervisor, Ms. Harris requesting a date and time to visit their afterschool program to observe a STEM activity. They have been unresponsive to the first email. 

No faxes or phone calls, please. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

ExpandED Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer